After Madrid I got the bus down to Granada.
I have been to Granada relatively recently, which is why I wasn’t so bothered about it this time. I had a walk through Sacromonte, where the Gitanos (Gypsies) live in caves (although these days a lot of the caves have been bought up by foreign investors).
I already have a post on Sacromonte here; the writing style is very different (I was going for something different with the blog in those days), but the photos are good, even if I do say so myself 🙂
Having done all the main tourist things already, this time I went to visit Plaza Joe Strummer, a small plaza overlooking the Sierra Nevada mountains a few blocks out of town that is named after the former Clash frontman.
Joe Strummer was a great fan of this part of Spain. He ran off here after the breakup of his band, his interest fuelled by old flatmates and an ex-girlfriend with whom he would discuss Spanish politics.
He also had a great interest in the Granada poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was killed by fascists in the Spanish civil war and buried in an unmarked grave. At one point he and a friend went out with shovels and tried to dig up Lorca’s grave, but were unable to find it.
Strummer immortalised the region in his 1979 song Spanish Bombs…